Empowering and strengthening the local communities through capacity building, skills transfer and funding of various community development programmes in and around Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa’s poorest provinces.
The aim is to build capacity of social structure and change agents through the funding of various socio-economic development programmes that positively address identified local priorities and to empower communities to be economically independent and take ownership of their future.
The approach is holistic and integrated, characterised by continuous engagement, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and a focus on relevance and practicality. All of Cookhouse Wind Farm’s local economic development programmes are results and impact-driven; designed to be sustainable and to make a lasting difference in the communities.
Cookhouse Wind Farm’s education development programmes include funding of:
Cookhouse Wind Farm wants to positively impact the provision of quality childcare and access for children aged 0 – 6 years. The ECD programmes are designed to improve the overall functionality and resources of ECD centres in Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East.
Cookhouse Wind Farm’s Early Childhood Development Flagship Project adopts a phased approach. Phase 1 focuses on upskilling practitioners with NQF Level 4 and 5 qualifications, Phase 2 includes a comprehensive baseline assessment of all 26 ECD centres in the area in order to implement governance training, financial management training, parental involvement, and food security.
This Flagship project impacts 26 ECD centres, 48 practitioners and 898 learners.
Direct funding from Cookhouse Wind Farm is used for practitioner training, building and renovation costs, furniture and appliances, educational equipment, nutrition and the purchase of vital resources.
Cookhouse Wind Farm responds to the educational needs of the local primary and high schools in Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East, from funding of educator salaries to the establishment of computer labs and equipment.
Since 2014 Cookhouse Wind Farm has provided funding to:
The primary objective of the scheme is to contribute towards human resource development in fields considered critical for the South African economy. The scheme targets designated groups residing within the 50km radius:
Cookhouse Wind Farm identified various skill shortages in the local communities of Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East.
To address these skills gaps and help to create marketable skills within the young men and women of the area, the Wind Farm provides bursary and training programmes.
The Cookhouse Wind Farm Scholarship Programme covers various fields of study at various universities, and it provides tertiary education funding for deserving young students from the local communities.
Cookhouse Wind Farm’s Wind Turbine Technician Training programme addresses one of the most notable skills shortages in the area, the technical skills needed on the wind farm. The tuition fees, heights training and trade tests of three local mechatronics students are being paid for by Cookhouse Wind Farm, while they are receiving on-site training at the wind farm.
Since 2014 Cookhouse Wind has provided funding to:
2nd Floor, Fernwood House, The Oval, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
P O Box 23101, Claremont, 7735
Tel: +27 21 670 1400 (main switchboard)
Cookhouse Wind Farm Local Community Office:
12 Main Road, Cookhouse, 5820
Tel: +27 42 247 2961